Baldwinsville girls cross country runner Rachael Miller speeds toward the finish line in Wednesday's meet against Cicero-North Syracuse. Miller finished in a time of 18 minutes, 32.74 seconds and helped the Bees knock off the Northstars 26-30 to clinch the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title.
Baldwinsville In their own unique ways, Baldwinsville's cross country teams both lay claim to the solo spots atop the CNY Counties League National division.
To earn it, the Bees had to sweep Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday at Durgee Junior High School - which they did, the boys rolling to a 16-44 decision, the girls fighitng off the Northstars 26-30.
The boys merely confirmed that its rise to no. 4 in the state Class A rankings was not any accident, grabbing the top four spots against C-NS on its home course.
Andy Fleming and Alec Peinkofer ran close to each other, Fleming prevailing in 16 minutes, 10.55 seconds as Peinkofer (16:10.87) finished second. Jack Martin, in 16:11.87, eased his way into third place, while Josh Perez claimed fourth place (16:18.14) by a comfortable margin over C-NS's top runner, Colin Greenseich, who was fifth in 16:24.74.
It didn't stop there, either, as Casey McAllister ran his way to sixth place in 16:37.05, while Antonio Martinez needed 16:48.83 to earn seventh place. The Northstars occupied the rest of the top 10, but it was too late.
Two groups of runners helped B'ville pull through in the girls meet, a battle of two state-ranked sides as the Bees arrived no. 14 in Class A and C-NS claimed the no. 11 position.
Jacqlynn Halstead earned the individual title in a time of 18:24.18, but two B'ville stars were close behind her. Rachael Miller led the Bees, fighting her way to second place in 18:32.74, while Annie Peterson stayed right behind Miller and finished third in 18:33.93.
After C-NS teammates Nicole Watterud (18:43.84) and Amanda Shuman (18:53.87) rounded out the top five, the Bees made its decisive move.
Marisa Lathrop, in a clocking of 19:01.99, claimed sixth place. Further behind, Mia Bolton got eighth place in 19:24.02, with Emily Thompson (19:30.62) earning eighth place. Just to be sure, Mackenzie Ross (19:43.30) landed in 10th place.